Melia Roma Hotel

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Melia Roma Hotel

, Rome
4 star

Rooms: 282

223 Via degli Aldobrandeschi - Rome - 00163 - Italy Hotel Website | | 666544
501 Traveller

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Clean, spacious, modern, friendly staff

from A TripAdvisor Member
If you're staying in Rome for a few days and don't mind a bit of a commute, I would definitely recommend this hotel! We stayed here for 3 nights and loved it.

We arrived at Roma Tiburtini, took the train to Barberini (via Termini), and the hotel shuttle picked us up around the Bernini Hotel, taking us back to the hotel. They run several shuttles every day to both the Vatican and to Barberini (which is close to the Trevi Fountain). The earliest bus leaves the hotel at 8:00AM and drops you off at the Ottaviani metro station around 8:25AM, which is a very short walk to the Vatican. The first bus to the Barberini metro station leaves the hotel around 9:30AM, and it takes a little over a half an hour to get there. The last bus leaves Barberini around 11:30PM, bringing you back to the hotel a little after midnight. The shuttle is a big white bus with the hotel name (written pretty small) on the side of it.

It's funny - every morning that we left the hotel on the shuttle, we would drive pass a herd of sheep and a couple horses! The hotel is located in a green, relaxing area, but a very far walk from public transportation. It was nice to get out of the city after being there all day.

The hotel itself is very business like and modern (not in a W Hotel sort of way, but more like a very newly done Sheraton or Westin). Our room was pretty spacious (we only had a regular room) with a king size bed, couch, chairs, mini table, desk, and closet. The bathroom was really clean. The thing to remember is that you have to leave your room key in a slot to keep the lights on for an extended period of time.

The front desk staff were very accomodating and spoke English well. I didn't get a chance to try to the restaurant or bar, but the menu looked good. One piece of advice - there are no other dining options other than the hotel's so plan accordingly and bring snacks and water back with you!

I really recommend staying here - the price is incredible given that you're staying in the equivalent of a 4 star hotel with a free shuttle to and from the city center.

Pool Closed

from A TripAdvisor Member
The main reason for choosing this hotel was that it had a pool it also had reasonable reviews.
When we arrived they asked us if we would like to upgrade to a room with a balcony over looking the pool area(16 euros per night extra) which we did. it was then that we found out that the pool was closed. After discussion with the manager he said that the pool was looked after by a service provider and the contract only lasted until 18 Sept, after that the pool is closed and there are no sunbathing facilities either even though the mid day temp was 28deg C.
If you want this you will have to walk down the road to a sports complex.
On the Sunday we were there we decided to take the free courtesy coach to the Vatican but it was full so we could not go unless we paid for our own taxi.
There were also lots of business seminars taking place at the hotel with the usual busy business people all expecting their service before yours,
To sum it up I would say if you do not want too much from the hotel then this is the one for you. This review might seem harsh but this was how it was for my wife and I.

Great stay

from A TripAdvisor Member
I felt that the front desk was great. The Reasurant food was wonderful. We had a party of 18 so we had a special menu and it was great. The rooms were very nice. If I stay in Rome again I would consider staying here. The bus to the city should have more times. We could not get on a bus because there were to many people. But the stay was great. Our stay was from Sept 3 to Sept 6

Too remote

from A TripAdvisor Member
The Melia Hotel was a nice hotel as far as the facilities, clean rooms and helpful staff. I booked it online and it advertised a breakfast buffet but when we checked in they said that breakfast was not included. Hotel is far from the city center, about 30 minutes. Taking the shuttle from the hotel cut into our plans and was limiting. There are no restaurants around the hotel and nothing to see. I'd advise staying in the city center. Taxis are very expensive. Make sure to negotiate a price BEFORE you get in. Watch out for "baggage charges" if you have luggage.

Nice hotel, lousy location

from A TripAdvisor Member
This was a nice hotel with spacious rooms; all the staff were very pleasant and helpful and spoke at least some English. However, the location is terrible -- a 30 to 45 minute ride to central Rome on the complimentary shuttle bus, and absolutely nothing within walking distance of the hotel. If you stay here, get in line for the shuttle bus at least 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time -- we were nearly bumped once, and others were bumped on subsequent shuttle trips. The buses don't run nearly often enough considering the number of guests in the hotel -- they should run every 30 minutes, but they only have them scheduled about every 1-1/2 hours -- so if you're bumped, you either have to wait a very long time or take a cab, which is expensive. Next time I'd stay in central Rome and not have to plan my schedule around shuttle times.

Awesome Hotel!

from A TripAdvisor Member
It is true that this hotel is not in the middle of the city, but with all the crazyness in the city I think its great. When we first got to Rome we took a taxi that drove us around and stopped at a street side and told us the entrance was inaccesable to taxi but that we could walk to it. To make this story short, he ripped us off for 50.00 US. We finally found another hotel and they called a cab for us (a good one). Be careful of the taxis. We finally got to our hotel and it is beautiful. Not only do they have a free shuttle to the city center, but they also have a travel agency in the hotel with packages that are cheap! We did not want to worry about finding all the spots so I booked a few trips. For 35.00 to 40.00 Euro you can book a 3 or 4 hour tour! There is also an excellent resturant (it is gourment, so it is a little pricey) but the food was excellent and the service was sooo good! The people working at the desk are also very friendly. The rooms are clean and spacious. I would recommend this hotel for anyone staying in Rome.

Nice but out of the way!

from averon5
Valentine's Day 2005.

Rooms: Fine. Not luxurious but clean and fairly spacious.

Food: Only had room service but this was nice - Pizza was around 12 Euros. Did have coffees in the bar. These were expensive even by Rome's standards. Talked to others who had eaten in hotel - Said meals were small and fairly expensive.

Staff: Brilliant. Nothing too much trouble. When shuttle bus was broken one day, ordered taxis instead and paid the fare...

Facilities: Fairly standard... Small outdoor pool, gym and a sauna.

Nice touches: Great map given. Smashing maid service with turn down.
Shuttle bus service was excellent. Bus to the Vatican and Piazza Barberini. both ran frequently with the last bus back at around 11pm. Always on time and clean.

Travelling to hotel: Get a taxi but agree a price. One couple said they had been charged 90 Euros!!!! We only paid about 30 for our return journey.
Caught the train in. Need to change at Trastevere - Rome's ghetto area, which wasn't pleasant. Not all trains stop at Aurelia, just pass through. If, like us, you mistakenly get on an express you can find yourself heading to Pisa! Plus on Sundays stations are deserted of people to ask directions and buy tickets. On top of this when you finally reach the station in Aurelia there are no taxis to be found at the station and it is a long trek up hills and over busy roads to reach the hotel. Trust me, you'll wish you'd caught a cab from the station!!!!!!

Getting about in Rome: From where the shuttle bus stops, you are in spitting distance of the metro which is really easy to use. For 4 Euros you can travel all day on the trams / underground and buses.

Great tip: We bought the AA guide to Rome before we left. Absolutely invaluable. We ate in restaurants featured in the guide and all were fantastic. The only lousy meal we had in the 4 days was in a restaurant just off Piazza Barberini which wasn't in the guide!!!!!!!!

NOT TO BE MISSED:
VATICAN AREA:
Dome of St. Peter's. 6 Euros to go up to the top and worth every penny. Try to get there before 9 if you don't want to queue!!!!
While in the area don't miss visiting Castroni's & Franchi's delis. (Via Cola di Rienzo. 196 / 200 respectively) Great coffee and cakes and sandwiches. Things on offer for picnics are fabulous. There's also a fantastic shop selling mini cakes and chocolates on the same side of the road as you head back towards the Vatican.

PIAZZA DI SPAGNA:
Best place to shop. Central location close to Spanish Steps. We tended to get off the metro here - Everywhere is within walking distance from here.

Dolci e doni (Via delle Carrozze 85b) Fantastic for breakfast. Cakes / toast (ham and cheese) and coffee to die for!!!!!!

PizzaRe (Via di Repetta 14) Cheap and cheerful. Huge pizzas that were delicious. Tip for this restaurant.... Get off the metro at Piazza Borghese, walk across square opposite. On the street on the right, just a little way up on the left.

Trevi Fountain - Don't miss visiting the fantastic icecream parlour close by Gelateria di San Crispino (Via della Panetteria 42). Absolutely gorgeous and supposedly best in Italy, hence the best in the world! I'd vouch for that!

If you want an authentic meal try Fiaschetteria Beltramme (Via della Croce 39). Limited menu but good enough for Madonna when she visited Rome.

Had fantastic pasta in Otello alla Concordia (Via della Croce 81). Didn't need to book at lunchtime but recommended for evening. Great mix of locals and tourists. Plain decor but in a romantic courtyard setting. Service was fab and food was really well priced and delicious. I had spaghetti all'Otello as recommended in the guide book even though not featured on the menu. Authentic classic tomato and basil sauce. Gorgeous!!!!

Ancient City:
As we walked down to the Colesseum we stopped off at Leonina (Via Leonina 84). Quite tricky to find but persevere because the take out pizza is the best we had during our stay. Classic cheese and tomato was to die for. Sold by weight and cut into small pieces. Don't be put off by how it looks from the outside....We thought we were in the wrong place at first!!!!

We did try to visit Pasqualino's opposite the Colosseum but closed at tea time. Supposedly a very colourful place, lively and frequented by trainee priests from the near by college. (Via dei Santi Quattro 66). Would be worth a visit....

All in all hotel was fine but would recommend that you book a hotel that is more cental in region of Piazza Di Spagna preferably.

And finally, buy the AA guide. Worth every penny!!!!

Very good hotel

from JeanLucPicard
I went in September. The hotel is a 4 stars superior, really. The rooms and the baths are VERY GOOD. You have a swimming pool, a restaurant, a bar and places to drink a cup. The staff is very friendly. Also, you have a shuttle bus to Vaticano ( 100 m. ) and Piazza Barberini ( 5 minutes to Fontana de Trevi ). Breakfast is good, but it isn't like Spain's Melia.

A great hotel. Only have a bad thing: It is not very near from the center of the city. If you go by the shuttle bus you will be in Rome in, about, 45 minutes. If you go by taxi you will be in 15 minutes.



From Spain.

Lovely place for honeymoon

from A TripAdvisor Member
We went to Rome, for honeymoon and we chose Melia, because it is considered the best Spanish Hotel Group. Melia Roma is new. Personnel are very kind and as they knew that it was our honeymoon they offered us a Suite for the price of a normal. When we entered there was a table full of fruits, Italian Champaigne, sweets... wonderful! They have a shuttle service to Barberini and Vatican, you can say that it's uncomfortable, perhaps, but bus is new, hotel is quite cheap and ou only spent around 30 minutes travelling to Rome. The Hotel is in idillic environment, trees, the Catholic University, and a lot of pure air. I'll return of course. I had been in Excelsior in Via Veneto, and I assure you that this is better in my humble opinion.

Parking, Pool, Perfect!

from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband and I stayed at the Melia Roma for 2 nights in October 2004. We had 2 rooms, one for the two of us and one for my 80 year old grandmother. All of us were happy with the hotel. The bathrooms were quite spectacular actually, all shiny marble and new fixtures. The satellite TV was nice, offering several channels in English. The breakfast buffet was way more than we expected and included traditional European style items, as well as bacon and eggs.

We did not avail ourselves of the free shuttle that runs from the hotel to downtown Rome, as it was more conveneient to just grab one of the numerous taxis that were available. A trip from the hotel to the center of Rome ranged from 10 euro to 20 euro depending on the time of day and day of the week.

As we had rented a car, parking was critical for us. The parking at the Melia was copious, and it is far enough out of Rome that we didn't have to deal with city traffic at all.

Overall, a very pleasant stay. If you plan to spend most of your time touring the historic sites in Rome and you do not need parking, I would recommend staying someplace a little closer to the center of the city however.

Top Local Tips for Rome

The early bird...... Make the effort and get up early. With the sun in the sky, St.Peter's at 8am is awesome. A walk though the forum and on to the Colisseum and you can still beat the crowds.

The cafe outside the Grand Hotel This looked like a nice place, but when we sat down, we saw nothing but tourists around us (always a bad thing..) The waiter were probably the worst I've ever encountered. I know now to never eat at a place that has pictures of the food on offer (bad pictures). They state in the menu that the pizzas and pasta are frozen!! Why we didn't run like h... I don't know. Don't do it. Walk a couple of meters down the street and there are a lot really great places to eat. Pricey but worth every euro and cent!

Get BIT tickets for 1 euro each Use the 75 minutes validity of the ticket wisley and you can take plenty of photohraphs.

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  • Address: 223 Via degli Aldobrandeschi - Rome - 00163 - Italy
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